Beyond Race with Estella Lauter 

Event details

  • July 28, 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • 10341 Water Street Highway 42 Ephraim, WI 54211
  • 920-854-7559

Using Clint Smith’s book, How the Word Is Passed, Estella will address why it is so important for Americans to learn the truth about slavery in our past, and the ways it continues to affect our present and our future. In a nutshell, the belief system that supported slavery continues to influence contemporary behavior. The mistaken category of “race” and the corollary that some races are better than others have affected not only our sense of justice but also our systems of education, medical care, housing and elections.

We need to get beyond race in our thinking and our actions. We first need to acknowledge that the country fought a Civil War over the right to own other people on the basis of “race,” and the country repudiated that right. The “institution” of slavery was dismantled, but the belief system based on a false category remained. Now our task is to dismantle that belief system.

Estella Lauter began to read and think about this issue in the Eighties at UWGB as she developed courses in Women’s Studies and Humanistic Studies.  She helped to establish Minors in Women Studies and American Indian Studies UWGB, where she also taught courses in African American literature and in Ethnic Diversity for public-school teachers (1971-94). After retiring from UW Oshkosh as Professor Emerita, she offered many classes in literature by women for The Clearing Winter Program, for which she received the Hawthorne (check) Award in 2022.

Service Leader: Chuck Lauter

Music: Carol Boyd & Cora Carriere